The Ultimate 2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
14 gifts for the special someone in your life.
Go beyond the single-stemmed rose, plush toy and box of chocolates (and ladies, no ‘happy’ socks) this Valentine’s Day and show your significant other you care with the below set of curated, luxurious gifts.
Cartier Love Necklace
Channelling 1970s New York, the Love necklace – as informed by the larger, iconic Love collection – features an 18-carat yellow gold chain and interlinked rings set with 18 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 0.22 carats. The stark screws and oval shape is sure to send the right message.
Chanel J12 Watch
Chanel’s J12 is such a tour de force in the world of Women’s watches that the French maison recently released a book honouring the timepiece. Here, in white, highly resistant ceramic and steel the 29mm case features diamond indicators on a white mother of pearl dial forming an elegant and sporting addition.
Louis Vuitton Vertical Trunk Pochette
Taking the essential trunk small purse and quite literally flipping it, the Pochette Trunk Verticale delivers a fresh practical vertical format. Arriving here in a miniaturised design, it plays on details of Louis Vuitton’s history of trunks through reinforced corners and an S-lock clasp. The iconic monogrammed canvas adorns the outer while a removable and adjustable shoulder strap makes for an easy carry.
Chopard Happy Spirit Earrings
A repeating concentric circle motif draws attention to the central dancing diamond, a hallmark of Chopard’s fine jewellery history. Each 18-carat white gold ring nestles perfectly inside the other totalling 0.77 carats of diamond. Know they’ll bring the ‘happy spirit’ this year.
Approx. 16,650; chopard.com
Hermes Trim Duo 24 Bag
Sporty, chic and very pink, the Trim Duo bag arrives In Evercolour calfskin with two gussets, zipped interior and palladium plated hardware. The adjustable strap allows it to be worn long or short, with the shape fitting close to the body. It’s an obvious choice.
Ruinart Rose Magnum
Speaking of pink, as the oldest champagne house in the lauded region, Ruinart delivers something bright and festive. Better shared in the Magnum format (because more is indeed more), the Ruinart Rosè offers an intense, fruity and aromatic profile courtesy of a 45 per cent chardonnay and 55 per cent pinot noir blend. Our tip – get it while it’s hot.
Flowers by The Colourblind Florist & Hattie Flowers
Flowers are the safest option when it comes to Valentine’s Day. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go the extra mile by commissioning some floral art from the Colourblind Florist (@thecolourblindflorist) Sydney, or from Hattie Molloy (@hattiemolloy) in Melbourne. Our picks as some of the best in the business.
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Titanium 42mm
Sporting and elegant, this Hublot brings a modern type of refinement to the wrist. At 42mm it’s large enough to make a statement, yet with its use of titanium and matte-black dial, complemented by the black lined rubber strap it presents as a subtle timepiece. Powered by Hublot’s HUB1143 self-winding chronograph movement – furthering its sporting appeal – it’s the ideal combination of power and finesse.
Seaplane to Berowra Waters Inn
An old faithful. A 20-minute flight north on a Seaplane before landing in one od Australia’s oldest national parks, Ku-ring-gai Chase. Then, enjoy a six-course degustation at Berowra Waters Inn, enjoy a glass (or three) from the sommelier’s 100 per cent Australian collection. After you’ve had your fill, you return home overlooking Sydney’s northern beaches, Harbour Bridge and Opera house. It’s romantic, adventurous and very luxe.
Tiffany & Co. Square Ring in Black-Coated Steel
Buying Men’s jewellery can be a tricky exercise. The structural ‘T’ design of this ring, especially in black coated steel, is distinctly industrial and muscular in its presentation. The statement ring promises to standout in a crowd as a marker of style and taste.
Lark Oloroso Cask
The Lark Oloroso Cask release arrives with a nose of honey, frangipani and sweet vanilla bean custard before developing into a palate of raisins, ginger snaps, stonefruit delivered in a syrupy viscosity. The finish is light, with subtle notes of Tasmanian peat – the perfect sharpener for Valentine’s Day.
$299 500ml; larkdistilling.com
Valentino Large VLTN Graph Canvas Tote Bag
The canvas bag has worked its way into the daily carry of many modern fashionable types. Here, the Valentino Garavani VLTN Graph bag features a colourful print set against black canvas. It sees ruthenium-finish studs and hardware, leather details, magnetic closure and four open interior pockets making it the ideal utility bag.
Christian Louboutin Valido Flat Boot
The tapered lines of the Valido ankle boot – when matched with the side strap silver buckle that spells out the label’s initials – offers an elegantly styled wardrobe staple. The tone-on-tone topstitching and calf leather construction further amplifies the refinement while the label’s iconic red leather soles round out the pair.
Unlike the northern hemisphere, Valentine’s Day is a hot, sticky affair in Australia. So when gifting a fragrance keep that in mind and go for this number from D.S. & Durga. Fresh, invigorating citrus which brings blood orange and lemon along before smoothing out the muskier notes of ambrette and oakmoss.
$280 50ml EDP; mecca.com.au